August 2022

Weird and Wacky Wednesday: Volume 212

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesday a thief in Spain tried to drive a stolen car up a staircase to escape the police, two fans got kicked out of a Blue Jays game for getting to third base, and finally, a fast food customer got violent after a restaurant got his order wrong.

Follow the jump and learn more about this week’s weirdest and wackiest cases from around the globe!

Kyla on Global News: B.C. judge’s ruling slams Save Old Growth tactics

A B.C. provincial court judge has issued a scathing rebuke to the environmental group behind Save Old Growth protests in her recent sentencing decision for one of the protesters participating in the highway blockade demonstrations.

“Comments like this by the courts are likely to be referred to by prosecutors in sentencing hearings going forward if people are convicted or plead guilty” – Kyla Lee

Watch the news story here.

I lost my speeding ticket trial, can I appeal?

When people receive speeding tickets, because of the significant consequences attach to them, including fines, penalty points and insurance rate increases, they are often motivated to dispute them.

Unfortunately, many people dispute their speeding tickets themselves. They take on the case without hiring a lawyer, and since they don’t know what to do in a traffic ticket trial, it results in them losing the case.

Kyla on Global News: Kamloops’ outgoing top cop says police face ‘limitations’ in handling chronic offenders

A high-ranking B.C. RCMP officer says the legal “landscape has changed” in recent years, affecting officers’ abilities to deal with repeat and chronic offenders.

Supt. Syd Lecky made the comments in an interview with CFCJ as he ends four years as the officer in charge of the Kamloops RCMP to take a position as chief superintendent in the Northwest Territories.

“There’s limitations to the authorities that police have now,” he said.

In the Jordan case, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that accused persons must be tried within 18 months in provincial courts and within 30 months in superior courts, while the Zora case set the precedent that the right to bail can only be infringed where holding someone in custody is the last possible resort ahead of a trial, Vancouver criminal lawyer Kyla Lee explained.

“The charter guarantees that you are to be released on bail unless it’s absolutely necessary to keep you in custody pending the outcome of your case,” she said.

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Kyla Lee in Vernon Morning Star: N.W.T. RCMP deploy controversial roadside cannabis screening devices

RCMP in the Northwest Territories have begun using roadside cannabis-screening technology that has faced criticism from defence lawyers elsewhere in Canada.

Mounties in the territory announced late last month that they had deployed devices designed to take a saliva sample and test for the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, the main psychoactive substance in cannabis. They said the technology would help them detect impaired drivers and make roads safer.

“It can lead to people being arrested who are actually innocent,” said Kyla Lee, a lawyer based in Vancouver.

Lee said research has shown the devices may be more likely to deliver false results in extreme cold temperatures, and movement during analysis could also affect outcomes. She added that while the devices can deliver either a positive or negative test result, they do not indicate how much THC may be in a person’s bloodstream.

Read the full story here.

Kyla on The Mike Smyth Show: Loud Vehicles

“If you get caught with a noisy vehicle here in BC how much is the fine here?”

“It’s $109 every time but it’s also 3 points every time and as soon as you get above 4 points you start paying Driver Penalty Point Premiums and you run the risk of losing your drivers license so the real penalty in BC comes from the imposition of those points.”

Will a ticket affect my insurance rates in BC?

Tickets can have all sorts of consequences that are not printed on the face of the ticket. They can attract penalty points, and trigger driving prohibitions, and they can result in you having to pay Driver Risk Premiums or Penalty Point Premiums.

There are a number of reasons to be concerned that if you get a traffic ticket in BC, you may be at risk of a bigger financial loss than just paying the ticket itself.

Weird and Wacky Wednesday: Volume 210

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesday we have two stories coming out of Florida, one where a woman inmate punched a jail deputy because she was bored, and a man who got a DUI after driving a scooter in Walmart drunk.

Follow the jump and learn more about this week’s weirdest and wackiest cases from around the globe!

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